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Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

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    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.

American RadioWorks |
A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

Recent Posts

  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.

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Trips by*

Christopher King


Total cost of 11 trips: $17,079.09


Trips traveled under the office of Bart Gordon

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: I VISITED GENERAL ATOMICS' HEADQUARTERS TO BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INVOLVED IN SEVERAL PROGRAMS THAT I WILL ENCOUNTER IN MY WORK ON THE COMMITTEE. I TOURED FACILITIES AND RECEIVED BRIEFINGS ON PROGRAMS OF REVELANCE TO SCIENCE, ENER
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,255.38
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA TO LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Southern California Public Power Authority
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR, EDUCATION ON ENERGY ISSUES
Date: May 27, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,530.33
source

Destination: KNOXVILLE, TN
Sponsor: East Tennessee Economic Council
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR, EDUCATION ON OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY ISSUES
Date: Jul 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $323.04
source

Destination: BEIJING, CHINA - URUMQUI, CHINA - SHANGHAIK, CHINA
Sponsor: US-China Policy Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR FOR EDUCATION ON U.S./CHINA POLICY ISSUES
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $3,390.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Association of International Automobile Manufacturers
Purpose: RECEIVE TECHNICAL BRIEFINGS FROM INTERNATIONAL AUTOMAKERS ON RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN ADVANCED VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES AND TOUR THE NEW YORK AUTO SHOW
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $716.14
source

Destination: AIRLIE, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND 2-DAY EDUCATIONAL POLICY SEMINAR TITLED, "ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE: THE SCIENCE AND HUMAN HEALTH IMPACTS"
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $535.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN-KAOSHUNG, TAIWAN ROC
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR FOR EDUCATION ON U.S./TAIWAN POLICY ISSUES
Date: May 28, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $5,355.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Ralph Hall

Destination: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS
Sponsor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MIT SEMINAR FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO BE HELD ON MIT CAMPUS.
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,054.15
source

Destination: VISIT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, PRINCETON, NJ
Sponsor: Princeton University
Purpose: MEET WITH FACULTY AND TOUR OF PLASMA PHYSICS LAB
Date: Feb 24, 2003
Expense: $269.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Jim Mccrery

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: El Paso Corporation
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 18, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,809.55
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $841.50
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Christopher King.


American RadioWorks |
A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

Recent Posts

  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.